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Me and My Kindle, Part IV: The Latest Generation

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Succinctly, I love it!

I am one of the lucky ones. I ordered my new new Amazon “Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally – Latest Generation” the day Amazon announced that it was available. The “Latest Generation” is now sold out – completely. Amazon will not be shipping until after September 17.

My new bouncing baby Kindle arrived on my door step this morning. I must admit I’ve only been able to play with it for about an hour so. Let’s face one nasty little fact about all of these glorious new tech goodies. We are playing with them. I am playing with it.

It is such a cute little thing. Mine is white. There is an option for gray, but the white is going to look better with my hot pink cover that should be here by tomorrow. I just love that Amazon Prime! It is almost instant gratification, but that is another story. Seriously, I don’t plan to take the new baby out without it’s cute little pink leather cover. I don’t want it to get hurt if I were to drop it.

BC readers checking my writer’s archive, might find this is my 4th gushing article about the Kindle. Several years ago when my first one arrived, it was love at first sight. I had one way back when there were less than 100,000 books available. The fact that there were less than 100,000 books available did not preclude my love affair with the very first version of the Kindle.

I must admit, it was considerate for Amazon to include a genuine imitation leatherette case with that first version of the Kindle. That no longer happens, but then with the original version, a scandisk card was needed to increase the content beyond a certain amount. Those handy genuine imitation leatherette were nice, but now that we Kindle junkies are so into our adorable e-book reader, we want personalization. I want a hot pink leather case. It even has a built in book light.

That’s my big complaint about the Kindle. There are times when you do need a book light to read it. The new version alleges to have a “High-Contrast E-Ink Screen” with something like 50% better contrast than any other e-reader. I don’t quite hold with that claim. The iPad can’t be beat as an e-reader. It just isn’t as comfortable to hold. This new little guy is much lighter than the old one. It is smaller. Heck, the box the bouncing new baby arrived in was even smaller. Granted it weighs twice what my Blackberry Pearl 3G weighs, but it sure doesn’t feel like it!

The entire little darling has been re-tooled. I like the new cursor. I like the home button where it now is. The power switch is now at the bottom of the baby. It just makes sense.

Am I gushing too much?

Several weeks ago I was accosted by a Barnes & Noble sales person who was trying to talk me out of my precious Kindle and into one of theirs. As well they should. My book buying at the store in Las Cruces has dropped to almost nothing. Allegedly more books are available for the Nook. That’s nice. If I want some of those books, I will simply download the app for my iPad. I have no intention of betraying the loving relationship I have with my Kindle.

(Speaking of which, did you know Kindles are now being sold at Target?)

I am now in the process of downloading my archive of books. I guess I shouldn’t admit I have so many (over 1000 of them). I am right on the edge of the 3G network area, so I’ve only been about to download about 60 books in the past 30 minutes or so. If I were in a different area it would be faster. But – I remember the roll-out of the second version of the Kindle. It was a pain, taking forever to connect and load. The process with this version appears to be much easier.

I have had a bit of a problem activating the WiFi to pick up my home network. I did not spend over a couple minutes playing with it. It appears I simply need to set the thing up, but I’m not going to do that today.

Just in case BC readers have not realized how much of a Kindle fan I am, I have purchased them for my two nieces and my nephew. I would like to get my mother involved with one, but we’re having problems with the new television remote. Right now I think a Kindle would be pushing our luck. I am going to try to set her up with my old one and see what happens. If they “bond” I will let you know. Just don’t hold your breath.

Then again, she has decided she wants a smartphone!

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  • SJ,

    Can you choose the font size?

    :)my eyes are getting old. I’m not complaining because “Only the lucky get to be old…”

  • Sure can! If you have a vision problem, it is great.


  • Tom

    You do realize that if you had set up your Wi-Fi first then the book downloads would have taken a fraction of what it does using 3G? And this is a tech blog?